Gazpacho at Botanica
There is perhaps no better month than April to soak up the best of breezy Southern California weather. Los Angeles has welcomed a bevy of new hotels in the past year, including the year-old Nobu Ryokan in Malibu. The ultra-chic hideaway is already attracting the who’s who of L.A. thanks to its serene design and waterfront location. And downtown, the biggest news this winter is the opening of the Nomad Hotel located in the original Bank of Italy. The building has been fully restored to make way for 241 stylish rooms and suites, a rooftop pool and myriad dining venues. But perhaps most exciting is the city’s slew of new restaurants, including chef Ray Garcia’s colorful downtown B.S. Taqueria; and Botanica, a vegetable-centric restaurant on Silverlake Boulevard that’s famous on Instagram for its photogenic dishes. For excellent farm-to-table, the much-anticipated Majordōmo is the latest venture from David Chang’s Momofuku brand. The restaurant serves his signature cuisine, including a mix of such seasonally inspired dishes as a vegan braised vegetable pot plus meat-heavy courses like beef short rib.
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Another evergreen destination, London comes alive in the springtime. The capital is heating up with a trendy new property operated by the Soho House team, Kettner’s Townhouse. The 33-room retreat in Soho opened in February and is regarded as one of the city’s coolest addresses, partially because the former club played host to the likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie. Travelers can combat jet lag with a glass of bubbly at the hotel’s 1920s-inspired Champagne bar or savor French bistro favorites in Kettner’s elegant dining room. Also newsworthy in London is a slew of exciting art exhibits. These include a photography showcase at the Barbican Museum, titled ‘Another Kind of Life,’ which depicts moving scenes from marginalized communities; and ‘Women and Power’ at the Tate Modern, a collection of paintings in celebration of International Women’s Day.
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The Four Seasons Surf Club
While this warm weather cultural mecca is blessed with year-round sunshine, April is a particularly beautiful time to visit. The month offers quintessential Sunshine State weather (reliable 80° temperatures) and fewer crowds following its peak winter season. The most buzz-worthy news for foodies is the new La Centrale food hall in the Brickell City center, referred to as the ‘Eataly of Miami.’ There, guests can peruse the grab-and-go markets or venture upstairs for a sit-down meal at one of the many restaurants, including a steakhouse and seafood eatery. Another new favorite is the Sirenuse restaurant at the Four Seasons Surf Club, which opened in 2017 and mixes the laid-back elegance of the Mediterranean seaside with Miami’s Art Deco glamour (modeled after the original Sirenuse in Positano). For travelers in search of more privacy without sacrificing proximity to Miami Beach, there’s the new Casa Faena, an elegantly appointed guesthouse within the popular Faena Hotel.
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The Retreat at Blue Lagoon
The Icelandic capital is even more appealing this spring with several exciting debuts, and April is a particularly excellent time to venture to the island nation to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. In the heart of the city, the new Ion Hotel has infused the hotel scene with contemporary-cool rooms that offer panoramic views over the colorful roofs of the city. Further afield, the new destination property The Retreat at Blue Lagoon is a luxurious, spa-focused haven with 62 suites, a sophisticated restaurant and private access to the iconic geothermal lagoon. Art aficionados shouldn’t miss the recently opened Marshall House, a center for visual art with evolving exhibitions in varying forms of media, including the private studio of Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The city’s restaurant scene is also on the rise: gastronomic powerhouse Nostra opened last fall and revolutionized Icelandic dining with imaginative dishes made exclusively from locally sourced ingredients.
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Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden
An ideal time to visit the ever-alluring city, April in Marrakech means warm (but bearable) days of sightseeing, afternoons by the pool and balmy nights. This spring, the city is buzzing with the openings of two museums. The recently relaunched Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), showcases African art of all kinds, from photography to sculpture, all of which celebrate modern African culture. The museum is helmed by Othman Lazraq, whose private collection was the foundation for the venue and insisted that entry be free to all, thereby introducing MACAAL as an important cultural institution of the city. The Yves Saint Laurent Museum opened last fall near the dreamy Majorelle Gardens and features a restaurant and library paying homage to the late YSL, as well as several of his legendary creations. (For those who want a more private glimpse of YSL’s life in Marrakech, Indagare can arrange a special tour of Villa Oasis, his home in the city which remains as he and his partner Pierre Bergé lived in it.)
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Park Hyatt St. Kitts
A lush jewel in the West Indies, St. Kitts is the perfect Caribbean destination for an easy spring escape with direct flights from New York and Miami. Encompassing a range of landscapes, from tropical coves to mountainous jungle, the pristine island offers active adventures as well as beach relaxation. Late 2017 saw the debut of the island’s first true five-star hotel, the Park Hyatt St. Kitts on Banana Bay at Christophe Harbor. The sleek and modern retreat wraps around a crescent beach and offers spacious, ocean-view accommodations that boast private decks and pools. Christophe Harbor is currently under development and is poised to be one of the Caribbean’s most luxurious marinas, with Ritz-Carlton and Six Senses properties on the horizon. Now is the time to go, while the paradise still feels a bit undiscovered.
Contact Indagare to book a long weekend in April. Our travel specialists can match you with the best hotel, plan great meals and activities and arrange behind-the-scenes access.